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Claiming Williams 2016!


Claiming Williams Day

Each year on Claiming Williams Day, classes are suspended and the campus engages in events and discussions about building and sustaining a more inclusive community. Claiming Williams Day takes shape around proposals generated by students, staff and faculty.

We urge you to get involved – by serving on the Claiming Williams Steering Committee, by proposing an event, or simply by attending. The Claiming Williams Steering Committee is eager to assist members of the community who want to propose an event or discussion: please contact us if you have an idea.

A Brief History

Claiming Williams was born when a series of incidents in an entry in January 2008 sparked a grassroots student movement that was joined by staff and faculty, and became known as Stand with Us. The hope was that the community would work pro-actively to prevent hurtful, hateful incidents, rather than just responding afterwards.

The College celebrated the first Claiming Williams Day on February 5, 2009. Read more on the Mission & History and Archives pages.